Engineering Plastics SABIC's Innovative Plastics Flyte Flyte is an amalgamation of a nature-inspired design concept and innovative use of engineering materials to create LED light in an elegant form of butterfly. The product is an example of how a PC diffused material can be used to diffuse light as well as conduct light. The use of plastic allows the product to be made in as many colors and with as many textures as the human mind can imagine. The product uses a stamped aluminum insert, injection molded with thermally conductive plastic. The stamped aluminum insert at the back rapidly absorbs the heat generated from the LED junction, and the conductive plastic material efficiently dissipates the heat to the surroundings, thus ensuring that life and performance of the LED are not hampered by the heat. Sabic LEXAN Resin 2614 is used in making of Flyte diffuser, giving it the highest percentage of light transmission, thus ensuring minimum loss of light. Innovative design of the diffuser uses the light conductive property of the material to conduct light through the veins of the butterfly, making flyte an eye catching product. The wings of the butterfly are made of Konduit PX08321 to ensure heat maximum dissipation and allowing the use of vibrant colors. Flyte is used on study tables, through USB port of a device or at beside giving Flyte flexibility in terms of utility. Light output of 500-1,000 LUX ensures that the user receives just the right amount of light for reading. This is made possible by diffusing the light to the right level by using the right materials.
Right off the bat we again see the importance of 3D printing with the very first finalist -- Objet 3D Pro. Wherever you go these days, discussions seem to turn to 3D printing, not only for 3D prototypes, but for parts that get used in test and even in production.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
Neil Fromer is the executive director of the Resnick Institute, a program for energy and sustainability at the California Institute of Technology, working to develop new ideas and research technologies related to providing a sustainable future. He spoke to us about the severity of the current drought in California and how solar energy can help prevent such situations in the future.
From home enthusiasts to workers on the manufacturing floor, everyone's imagination is captured by the potential of 3D printing. Prototyping, spare parts creation, art delivery, human organ creation, and even mass product production are all being targeted as current and potential uses for the technology.
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.